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Old 07-03-2008, 09:49 PM   #66
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Originally Posted by Taylor514ce View Post
The US is big. Even people born in the US don't realize how big. To make a generalization such as "that must be a US viewpoint" is to make a BIG generalization. When I travel outside of the US, I encounter two viewpoints which I will call "NYC" and "LA". That's how most of the world tends to view Americans. Even many Americans do that, because that's also what the media does. The US is not NYC and LA, though. It's Nebraska, and Arizona, and Maine, and Oregon and Kansas, and Texas. Radically differing viewpoints. Heck, Texas is Dallas, and Houston, and Austin, and El Paso... each having radically different "viewpoints".

So I'm always suspicious when someone speaks about a "typically American" outlook. Which America?
Precisely. There are something like seven distinct regional cultures in America, with rather radically different viewpoints and assumptions in a number of areas. I happen to live in NYC, but I travel enough to be aware that the regional culture I live in is not the one that obtains elsewhere.
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